Officials cruised on public dime

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While thousands of visitors strained to see a festival of tall ships at Beaufort this month, more than 200 state and local officials enjoyed the views from a cruise aboard a state-owned ferry that was paid for partly by taxpayers...
A DOT spokesman, Ernie Seneca, said the cruise cost taxpayers about $2,800 in fuel and staffing -- costs that DOT will absorb.
The steel drum band cost $1,200, Fox said. But ports officials said they don't know how much the catering cost because they haven't gotten a bill. Fox would not say how much was budgeted for the catering.


Cross-posted on the Brock Log

How disappointing is this? As if the implications of tax dollars being used for the food, beer, wine and steel-drum band aren’t bad enough, the ferry was diverted from its usual trip and replaced with a back-up ferry.

More than 200 state and local officials enjoyed a tall ships festival at Beaufort from aboard a state-owned ferry that was paid for partly by taxpayers.

What’s worse is that the Port Authority doesn’t have a list of who rode the party boat. From the article.

There is no authoritative list of who attended, according to the Ports Authority. The authority compiled a list of officials who accepted the offer, but many did not show on the day of the outing.

[ - Local & State]


sad state of affairs

that state departments like the port authority feel the need to show off just to keep their funding. In America the great, funding is handled on a survival of the fittest model. Like research dollars.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.


The code you are importing from your site (div classes and such) is breaking the front page. I fixed up the post, which you can look at under "edit", and you will see it is just basic html, no sections. Lance would be a better person to describe what will and won't work.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Maybe they're taking lessons

from the Masters of Malfeasance in the Bush Administration. But hey, unlike us, who don't mind taking our own guys to task, you're probably too busy being a Bushbot to notice that Dear Leader is reigning over the most corrupt administration in the history of the republic.

PS When you click on those links you'll find real actual words that you might consider reading. I know it'll be hard confronting the breathtaking hypocrisy of your own party, but give it a try.

Why didn't you say so

Why didn't you say so in the first place? Crutching corrupt Democrat's actions against an ex-convict most certainly justifies their actions. Naturally that makes it perfectly okay that the Democratic Party has delivered North Carolina the most corrupt state government in North Carolina's history.

I will sleep much better tonight that's for sure! Thanks Anglico!

Anonymous, you're acting like a total goofball

"Most corrupt state government in North Carolina's history"? Are you basing that on something? As someone who values cross-party discussion on this site, I warn you that you're not going to get a real conversation started when you're firing off nonsense and sarcasm.

So there is a double standard

So Anglico can make broad inflammatory claims based on others opinions and provide no facts, but I cannot make similar types of claims promoting a different opinion? Do you really want me to list all of the facts that I base my opinion on? Come now, be honest.

Honestly Lance, I have just been participating with the same level of intensity, tone and demeanor as Anglico (except most of my posts wind up getting moderated and deleted for no apparent reason other than they express an opinion in which Anglico disagrees).

Well, This Is Kind of Anglico's Blog

And you do have your own blog on which to puff and posture.

Anyway, you can do whatever you want. If you'll read my comment, I'm just saying that you're not going to get a serious conversation going if you act like a goof. Anglico is intense, but he puts out more than enough substance to support his bluster. Maybe you'll do the same. List away.

And for what it's worth, I'm not deleting your stuff. Are you sure you know what you're doing?

then just join

make up a username like Weaselface, but just join and get over the whole anonymous thing.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Robert's right

It sounds like you're getting tangled in the spam filter. When one of your comments gets held up as spam, you can let me know about the problem and I can correct it manually. The thing that will get your comments published as quickly as possible, though, is to just make up a username and sign up for an account. It truly is anonymous, so you won't have to worry about your affiliation with BlueNC being an issue when you're up for reelection.


I can't believe I am actually laughing out loud! Very, very funny, Robert.


I have deleted ONE serious post

in the past five months because it contained a comment about feces. Other than that, my deletions have been restricted to spam about teen sex and Viagra. You didn't write those comments, did you?

The truth is, you can write almost anything you want here at BlueNC without fear of being shut down. Get mad, rant, complain, swear, be sarcastic, whatever. People will engage you or not, according to their own personal preferences. In my case, I prefer to engage with people who identify themselves.

If you looked at discussions here honestly, you'd see that lots of people here disagree with many things I write. Hell, I even disagree with things I write ... and have retracted more than a few comments with public apologies.

My name is James Protzman and I live in Chapel Hill.

That's good, Lance.

I needed a smile this afternoon. Now get yer butt back to studyin'.

Pricey Harrison (D), for

Pricey Harrison (D), for one, said the "boondoggle" didn't seem appropriate, and that she thought until after she was aboard that it would be privately funded. My hunch is that this is going to turn out to be one person or one committee's mistake or malfeasance. Laying the responsibility on the Democratic party would be like concluding that all white guys are terrorists based on Tim McVeigh. Which would be stupid.

Or typically Republican. Take your pick.

Speaking of anonymous

I had to turn off anonymous comments at my site. It was getting out of hand. I enjoy a bit of back and forth, but when it turns into an unintellible screedfest by cowards hiding behind their anonymous shields I'm not going to waste my time responding. I decided to just let them start their own blogs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

All this fuss over $2,800

for a BOATLOAD of people?? 200 plus. $14 a head.

Heck, Jack Abramoff could have spent that on one meal for a GOP congressman and his complimentary after-dinner hooker.

Still, it's a waste

and not a very pretty symbol, either. I'd like to know who planned and carried out the event, and what their authority was. That is, I'm sure there's more to the story, and I'd like to hear it.

$2800 for a boat...

$1800 for a band...
$X for food
$X times 100 for liquor drinks with straws

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

He could have but he had some Democrats to appease

... like Michigan Sens. Carl Levin (D) and Debbie Stabenow (D), a $1000 donation to Howard Dean, and all these (D)'s who took money from Abramoff's clients and associates:

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) - $2,000
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) - $21,765
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) - $12,950
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) - $22,500
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) - $20,250
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) - $14,792
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) - $14,000
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - $2,000
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - $1,250
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) - $45,750
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) - $9,000
Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) - $2,000
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) - $3,300
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) - $95,550
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) - $28,000
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) - $6,000
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) - $10,550
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) - $78,991
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) - $20,168
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) - $7,500
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) - $2,300
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) - $3,500
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) - $4,000
Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) - $4,500
Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) - $4,300
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) - $29,550
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) - $6,250

I'm the Senator from North Carolina...

and I believe in single-payer healthcare. I receive a donation from the Xiowa tribe because they too believe in single-payer healthcare. At the same time, they are funneling money to Jack Abramhoff to try and sell the idea of a casino on their land. I take none of his money and I disagree with the casino idea.

Only in the immoral, lie-filled land of Republicans am I tied to Jack Abramhoff.

"clients" of Jack Abramhoff include many multi-issue groups.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Ralph Reed


Indian Affairs Committee Report

There are some things money can buy. But not before Grover Norquist at "Americans for Tax Reform" gets his tax.

Tie votes

to the money and then we have a discussion.

I'll give you an example, then you try it.

This article describes corruption. A Congressman from Ohio (Republican Bob Ney) took contributions from an Indian tribe in Texas in exchange for his sponsoring legislation that would specifically benefit the Texas tribe.

A Senate panel investigating Abramoff released e-mails last month showing that Abramoff directed a Texas tribe to contribute $32,000 to Ney in 2002, days after Ney took steps to sponsor legislation sought by the tribe.

See how that works?

It is funny though

... how Democrats become apologists for their own corruption by attempting to justify their own actions based on others actions.

Don't worry. Guv'nah Easley is looking into it all. No doubt he will admonish Elaine Marshall, Britt Cobb, Jim Fain, and Pricey Harrison just like he did Jim Black.

Would That Be the Imaginary Democrat in your Head?

This morning's news featured some mid-level official accepting full responsibility for the bad, bad judgment, but I'll just bet you have a conspiracy theory to explain how it's still really every Democrat's fault.

What should the legislators you mention be admonished for? Not asking for and reviewing itemized bills before getting on the boat? Don't let the facts get in the way of your little tirade, though.

Lance you are smarter than that

A "mid-level official" who is a Democrat, who was hired by a Democrat who was elected by Democrats. It is all corrupt. It is all Democrat and that is a fact. No conspiracies here, just the truth.

Considering the level of ethics reform currently underway in the NC Legislature as a direct result of corrupt Democrats taking bribes and kickbacks from lobbyists only underscores this entire event. You bet those Democrats partaking in their little cruise and booze ride should have challenged its legitimacy. Why do they believe they are entitled to such ritz and glitz? Their actions combined with your comments only strengthen my point.

I'm not sure which mistake you're making

Is it that you believe that everyone who works for NC government is a Democrat, or that one bad Democrat makes them all bad? (And if the latter, is there a reason why that wouldn't apply to Republicans?)

I'll also point out that the Democratic NC Legislature's current ethics reforms, troubled though they may be, are far superior to the work on the same subject being done by the Republican US Congress.

"Cruise and booze" is cute though. I'm sure that there's some Charles Taylor activity or other we can attach that tag to.

not to mention that Progressives have been

pushing this type of legislation since way, way, way, way before Jim Black did anything inappropriate.

Note: not illegal.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

One meal?

Nope...just the appetizer and drinks.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.